IRON COUNTY, Utah – A California man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly attempting to stab a Cedar City man with a
ballpoint pen on a Las Vegas-bound Greyhound bus, St. George News reports.
David Sigferdo Giron, 58, allegedly became suddenly agitated and began to yell paranoid rants at passengers on the bus as it traveled south of Cedar City on Interstate 15, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jake Hicks told St. George News.
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Giron accused the man, who had just boarded the bus, of being out to get him and the situation escalated from there, Hicks said.
“(Giron) became paranoid, stood up and came at the victim with the pen in his hand and tried to stab the victim,” Hicks said.
The Cedar City man received minor self-defense injuries resulting from the attempted stabbing.
The bus driver noticed the commotion and stopped the bus near milepost 30 between Pintura and Browse before contacting authorities, Hicks told St. George News.
During the alleged attack, the victim was able to gain control of Giron, holding him down with the help of another passenger to wait for law enforcement, Hicks said.
By the time UHP and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, things had calmed down. Some passengers were outside the bus waiting alongside the road, St. George News reports. Giron was found on the bus allegedly clutching the pen used to attack the man.
Based on their investigation, Hicks said, the motive for the attack stemmed from mental health issues.
Giron was taken into custody by UHP troopers and booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility on a charge of aggravated assault/use of a weapon, a third-degree felony.
His bond was set at $5,000.